Below is a message from Davenport Community School District Superintendent, Dr. Robert Kobylski, providing an update for parents and guardians.
Important Information to Note:
- Adjusted Graduation Requirements / Graduation Ceremony
We know that our Senior students and their families are concerned about whether they will have the necessary credits to graduate and leave high school to move on to bigger and better things. The DCSD is well-positioned to help students with that next phase their lives, and we are not going to hold anyone back.Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are going to hold our senior students “harmless” for the events that have taken place. This past Monday, April 27, the Davenport Community School Board reviewed our graduation requirements and adapted and modified those requirements for the Class of 2020. Any student who was on track to graduate entering 3rd Quarter of the 2020 school year will graduate this year. The State of Iowa has already waived the State-required graduation elements, so we can do the same from a local District perspective. For the small number of students who are still seeking credits to graduate, the DCSD team is working diligently with these students to help them reach the credit levels needed for graduation. Our goal is to see 100% of the Class of 2020 graduate.
As for a graduation ceremony, we have several plans in play for both a virtual graduation and hopefully an in-person celebration. We will be sharing more details on this soon with our seniors and their families.
- Online Continuous Learning
The Davenport Community School District’s online learning platform is continuing to evolve each and every day. Currently, nearly 80% of students have connected with their coursework and teachers through Google Classroom. Over the course of the next couple days, we’ll be working with students and families to make sure accessing online learning is a more consistent engagement.Every day, we are getting better at delivering materials and education through online learning. The creativity and innovation that has sparked within this District will certainly benefit all our students, families and teachers as we move into the future.
Access Online Learning here: https://sites.google.com/davenport.k12.ia.us/dcsddistancelearning/home
- 2020 – 2021 School Year
We know that there are a lot of questions about what next year is going to look like. We are diligently working on our “Return to Learn” plan, and are ensuring that any learning loss that took place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic is made up in our next school year. This includes ensuring our high school students are able to receive grades and credit for what would have been their 4th Quarter in the 2019 – 2020 school year.We are exploring all options and ideas, including potentially modifying early release Wednesdays, or breaking the school year up into five periods rather than four quarters. Our ultimate goal is to grab as much educational instruction as we possibly can going into the next school year.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is planning to make an announcement by June 1, 2020 about what summer athletics could look like. We will stay tuned to her announcement and will communicate what that means for our student-athletes and their families.
- Non-Essential Material Pick-Up We know that many parents and students have been asking about locker clean-out, returning library books and more. We are in contact with our local health officials on a daily basis. They have advised us that now is not the time to let down our guard with regard to COVID-19. With their recommendation, we will not be opening our buildings for additional, non-essential material pick-up at this time. We will communicate when we receive the “green light” for additional pick-ups in order to maintain the safety of our students, families and staff.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email your school’s Principal. You can find their contact information by clicking here: http://www.davenportschools.org/our-schools/directory-of-our-schools/
We appreciate your patience, and we appreciate your willingness to help during this time. This is the community spirit that we value as a District.
– Dr. Kobylski